“I grew up surrounded by books, and I’m committed to writing stories that reflect the beautiful diversity of our world in all its forms. It’s a privilege to write for young people, and I love helping them take pride in developing and sharing their own stories.”
Brandy Colbert is the author of the Stonewall Award–winning novel Little & Lion, the critically acclaimed novels The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, Pointe, and Finding Yvonne, and the forthcoming The Only Black Girls in Town and The Voting Booth.
Growing up in Springfield, Missouri, Brandy was surrounded by stories from a young age. Her parents regularly took her to the bookstore and library, where she brought home as many books as she could manage. Her favorite authors were Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and Barthe DeClements, whose stories filled her world with questions and sparked her imagination — so much that she began writing her own books at age seven and hasn’t stopped since.
Brandy graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in print journalism. She also minored in English Literature, where she was exposed to a diverse slate of writers whose work would change her reading (and writing) life forever — most notably Toni Morrison’s Sula. Brandy has worked as an editor for numerous national magazines focused on health and fitness, food, and entertainment. She currently works as a copy editor for magazines and books, and is a faculty member in the MFAC program at Hamline University.
These days, Brandy lives and writes in sunny Los Angeles.
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